Andrew Ference on D&C: Bruins ‘ready to respond’ to Canucks
|01.06.12 at 12:05 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about Saturday’s Stanley Cup finals rematch against the Canucks, coach Claude Julien‘s coaching style, and Thursday’s 9-0 beatdown of the Flames.
Thursday’s rout of the Flames was the Bruins’ ninth win in 10 games and their second straight home rout of eight goals or more. For Ference, though, it wasn’t the type of game he likes to play in.
“The tight games are more fun than that,” he said. “The nail-biters when you come out on the right side are a little more enjoyable than that. That was a defeated team out there last night. I don’t know if you want to call it sympathy, but we don’t have any sympathy for guys you play against. But that sucks to be on the other side of that.”
Ference said he didn’t feel bad for Calgary and that it was important the Bruins didn’t stop playing hard.
“You don’t want to gloat about it,” Ference said. “You want to keep playing your game. Obviously, we have bigger things to worry about than feeling bad for Calgary. But you don’t want to throw it in their face. We stopped celebrating and coming by the bench when we scored goals. We don’t stop playing, you keep playing your game, but we’re not celebrating after the goals. You try to be a little bit more muted about stuff like that. But you can’t stop playing, you can’t let your guard down. That’s when guys get hurt, is when you let your guard down, when you let up or start playing a little easier. You can’t do it.”
Ference said that the Bruins are much further ahead of where anyone expected them to be at this point in the season, something that he attributes to the a strong core group of players with a winner’s mentality.
“I think after that first month where we kind of just, I don’t know, I don’t know what we were doing but I think we kind of just picked up back at the hockey that we were playing during the spring,” Ference said. “That playoff kind of hockey is one where its great consistency, every line is playing the same style, not really taking any shifts off, and that’s something that a lot of teams build up toward during the spring. And I think as the season goes, the games get closer and closer and closer because teams are tightening up their defense, and I think we kind of just skipped a couple of steps this year. We’re kind of just playing that good spring hockey but at a different time of the year, so that’s obviously what we’re trying to work up and get better and stay sharp and do all those things as well. And that’s probably the biggest thing we have to remember, we can’t just get comfortable and be satisfied because the teams around us are going to get better.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, including Ference talking about his holiday plans, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
On Saturday’s Stanley Cup rematch: “I think everyone’s pretty excited about it. I don’t think as a team we’re as excited about it [as some] people who are covering the team. That always does get built up more than it does within the dressing room, that’s definitely not a lie that’s the truth. I think there are definitely some guys who are excited for the game and want another go at that team because we had some great battles. I think that on the same token we’re ready for a team to come in that’s pretty disappointed to lose the Stanley Cup.”
On the Canucks’ game plan: “We saw what their game plan was during the playoffs, and that was all right. And when teams have a physical game plan against us that’s all right, too. Guys are ready to play our game first and foremost but ready to respond to what’s coming the other way, too, but we’ll see.”
On Claude Julien’s coaching style: “You see what you get, he’s not there to put on a show for anybody. I think that he loves what he does as a coach, and that’s his priority. I don’t think he’d be too interested in creating story lines for anybody. I think it’s like the [Bill] Belichick approach — if the camera’s on him, he’s not going to give you a great show.”
On the Bruins staying motivated throughout the regular season: “Its fun, its been a great year, the biggest thing and I think we’re doing a great job of it, is not getting ahead of ourselves. I think guys have this built-in fear of getting ahead of ourselves, and that probably stretches back to a couple of years ago when we had a great regular season and patted ourselves on the back a lot and did all these things and then lose in the playoffs. I think we have enough core guys from those teams that it’s kind of wired into us not to be too happy about ourselves.”